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REPUBLIC ACT NO. 6940
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AN ACT GRANTING A PERIOD ENDING ON DECEMBER 31, 2000 FOR FILING APPLICATIONS
FOR FREE PATENT AND JUDICIAL CONFIRMATION OF IMPERFECT TITLE TO ALIENABLE
AND DISPOSABLE LANDS OF THE PUBLIC DOMAIN UNDER CHAPTERS VII AND VIII OF THE
PUBLIC LAND ACT (CA 141, AS AMENDED).
Section 1. Paragraph 1, Section 44, Chapter VII of Commonwealth Act No. 141, as amended, is hereby
amended to read as follows:
"Sec. 44.Any natural-born citizen of the Philippines who is not the owner of more than twelve (12) hectares
and who, for at least thirty (30) years prior to the effectivity of this amendatory Act, has continuously
occupied and cultivated, either by himself or through his predecessors-in-interest a tract or tracts of
agricultural public lands subject to disposition, who shall have paid the real estate tax thereon while the
same has not been occupied by any person shall be entitled, under the provisions of this Chapter, to have a
free patent issued to him for such tract or tracts of such land not to exceed twelve (12) hectares."chan robles
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Sec. 2. Section 45, Chapter VII of Commonwealth Act No. 141, as amended, is hereby, further amended to
read as follows:
"Sec. 45.The President of the Philippines, upon recommendation of the Secretary of Environment and
Natural Resources, shall from time to time fix by proclamation the period within which applications for
free patents may be filed in the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office or region specified
in such proclamation, and upon the expiration of the period so designated, unless the same be extended by
the President, all the land comprised within such district, chartered city, province, municipality or region
subject thereto under the provisions of this Chapter may be disposed of as agricultural public land without
prejudice to the prior right of the occupant and cultivator to acquire such land under this Act by means
other than free patent. The time to be fixed in the entire Archipelago for the filing of applications under this
Chapter shall not extend beyond December 31, 2000, except in the Provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan
del Sur, Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Davao del
Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Sulu, Mt. Province, Benguet, Kalinga-Apayao, Ifugao,
Maguindanao, Tawi-Tawi, and Basilan where the President of the Philippines, upon the recommendation of
the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, shall determine or fix the time beyond which the
filing of applications under this Chapter shall not extend: Provided, That the period shall apply only when
the area applied for does not exceed twelve (12) hectares. The period fixed for any district, chartered city,
province or municipality shall begin to run thirty (30) days after the publication of the proclamation in one
(1) newspaper of general circulation in the city, province or municipality concerned. A certified copy of
said proclamation shall be furnished by the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources within thirty
(30) days counted from the date of the presidential proclamation to the Community Environment and
Natural Resources Office and to the provincial board, and municipal board or city council and barangay
council affected, and copies thereof shall be posted on the bulletin board of the Community Environment
and Natural Resources Office and at conspicuous places in the provincial building and at the municipal
building and barangay halls or meeting place. It shall moreover be announced by government radio
whenever available in each of the barrios of the municipality." chan robles virtual law library
Sec. 3. Section 47, Chapter VIII of Commonwealth Act No. 141, as amended, is hereby further amended to
read as follows:
"Sec. 47.The persons specified in the next following section are hereby granted time, not to extend beyond
December 31, 2000 within which to take advantage of the benefit of this Chapter: Provided, That this
period shall apply only where the area applied for does not exceed twelve (12) hectares: Provided, further,
That the several periods of time designated by the President in accordance with Section Forty-five of this
Act shall apply also to the lands comprised in the provisions of this Chapter, but this section shall not be
construed as prohibiting any of said persons from acting under this Chapter at any time prior to the period
fixed by the President." chan robles virtual law library

Sec. 4. Any law or executive order or part thereof contrary to or inconsistent with this Act is hereby deemed
repealed accordingly.
Sec. 5. If any provision of this Act or the applicability of such provision to any person or circumstances
shall be held invalid, the validity of the remainder of this Act and the applicability of such provision to the
persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.
Sec. 6. This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in two (2) national newspapers of
general circulation. chan robles virtual law library